Starting Tuesday, motorists traveling on Interstate 10 between Banning and the Coachella Valley are likely to confront nighttime traffic delays in both directions due to scheduled road work.
Over the past year, crews have been gradually making improvements to nearly 20 miles of freeway between Beaumont and state Route 111 north of Palm Springs as part of the I-10 Pavement Rehabilitation Project, also called the I-10 Tune-Up.
At night, motorists traveling east or west should be prepared for lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. through Thursday, according to Caltrans.
Going westbound, lane closures are expected between the SR-111 interchange and Main Street in Cabazon due to paving and grading operations planned for the corridor.
In the eastbound direction, alternating traffic lane closures will occur between Eighth Street in Banning and Main Street in Cabazon. Crews will continue working to shift a crossover lane now in place between Banning and Cabazon from the eastbound to westbound side of the interstate.
According to Caltrans, the shift is expected sometime next month.
The roughly five-mile temporary lane was built to allow eastbound traffic to cross onto the opposing side of the roadway onto a separated lane from the others in order to avoid daytime lane closures.
Additionally, the eastbound I-10 connector to SR-111 will be closed intermittently, Caltrans said.
No daytime lane closures are currently planned, although crews are set to work through Friday during the daytime hours at various points along the thoroughfare.
The I-10 Tune-Up includes replacing guardrails, repaving outside lanes, replacing slabs in inside lanes and upgrading various on-ramps and off-ramps to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The $210 million project is primarily funded by the state gas tax, and the remainder through federal funds as well as some funding from the state, according to Caltrans.
Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022.
Caltrans has set up a website for project-specific updates at i10tuneup.com/.
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